SMT reel rack: from the past to the future


What is SMT reel rack

SMT reel racks are used to store and organize the reels of surface mount technology (SMT) components used in electronic manufacturing. They are typically made of plastic or metal and have slots or slots to hold the reels of components. The racks can be designed to hold different sizes and types of SMT reels and may have features such as labels or dividers to help organize the contents. They are used in electronic manufacturing environments to help keep components organized and easily accessible during the assembly process.


Modern technology used for SMT reel rack

Pick to Light

Pick-to-light is a type of order-picking system that uses visual cues to help warehouse workers locate and pick items for orders. It displays a series of lights on a rack unit, each corresponding to a specific SMT reel that needs to be picked. When an order is received, the pick-to-light system will indicate which SMT reel need to be picked by illuminating the corresponding lights. The operater can then locate and pick up the item, and the light will turn off to indicate that the task has been completed. Pick-to-light systems are designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of order-picking operations in warehouses, line stocking, and other types of fulfilment environments.

Enhanced Pick to Light

Enhanced pick to light featured with location sensors in a smart rack. It is a type of sensor that is used to determine the location of objects/components within the rack. These sensors are integrated into the rack system and can be used to track the location of items within the rack, as well as to monitor inventory levels and track the movement of products.

Location sensors are an important component of smart rack systems because they allow for accurate tracking and management of inventory, which can improve efficiency and reduce the risk of errors. They also enable real-time tracking of products and materials within the rack.

Future SMT reel rack: Neo Light

Help kitting process

Neo Light utilizes technology to optimize the organization and retrieval of electronics components.I the context of “kitting,” which refers to the process of gathering together all the electronics components needed to complete a particular task or PCB.

Neo Light system can help following process

Identify the electronics components/SMT reelKitting list building
Information InputUse a computer or pda to input this information into the smart rack system. This may involve creating a list of components, assigning each item a unique identifier or barcode, and specifying the location where the item is stored within the rack.
Component presentWhen it is time to assemble a kit, the system will retrieve the necessary items and present them to the user in the correct order. This may involve using a touchscreen interface or other means of input to indicate which kit is being assembled.
Component collectionThe user can then gather the items from the designated locations within the rack and use them to assemble the kit

It is important to note that the specific process for using a smart rack for kitting may vary depending on the specific system being used. If you are unsure how to use a particular smart rack system, you should consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek assistance from a trained professional.


Neo Light can help with material replenishment in several ways:

  1. Stock tracking: Neo Light has barcode scanners that can record the number of items in stock. When the system detects that the stock of a particular item has reached a certain threshold, it can automatically generate a replenishment order.
  2. By optimizing storage space: Smart storage systems can help to optimize the use of space within a warehouse or other storage facility by using advanced algorithms to determine the most efficient way to store items. This can help to reduce the need for frequent material replenishment, as items are less likely to get lost or misplaced.
  3. By streamlining the replenishment process: Smart storage systems can automate many of the tasks involved in the replenishment process, such as generating orders and tracking the arrival of new materials. This can help to reduce the time and effort required to keep inventory levels up to date.

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